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A Quick Tour of the Hollywood & Highland Center

Jun 27, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Do you like to shop?

That’s a rhetorical question to Angelenos, and others, of course. Yesterday, I went, I came, and I conquered in my search of the total Hollywood Walk of Fame experience, and I found more than I thought I would.

What did I find, curious minds are asking?

Truth be told, in the upcoming weeks I’ll be featuring all of the goodies I found during my foray; but for today I’d like to converse a bit about one of Los Angeles’ leading entertainment, shopping, and eating destinations:
The Hollywood & Highland Center

Home to the Kodak Theater, the Hollywood & Highland Center is a favorite shopping and eateries destination. With five stories of shops and food, including Planet Punk, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Baja California, Green Earth Café, and so many others, the Hollywood & Highland Center is uniquely Southern California, with its creamy pastel colors and hip aesthetic.

With that and the great art deco and modern architecture, how could you go wrong?

Upon entering, you’re greeted with

The Road to Hollywood

Following your own personal red carpet and walking up the stairs, your path leads you here.

Ok, let the shopping begin

Of course what good is shopping without eating Al fresco?

Let’s see, so far, you’ve done a little shopping and had some lunch, now what?

How about a little time to stop and smell the roses?

Just go to the top of the stairs to embrace the stunning view of the Hollywood Hills with the Hollywood sign as a backdrop.

Hollywood Hills

Or maybe you’d like to walk around The Road to Hollywood?

Road to Hollywood

And read a few of the funny “quotes” on the walkway

Cute Quotes

So far you’ve had a grand day, walking, shopping, and enjoying the gorgeous surroundings. Upon your departure, as you step onto the sidewalk toward the cross walk, suddenly, you stop and do a double take:

Apes on Hollywood Blvd.

When Travelin’ Local in Hollywood, some of the locals may look like extras in a film, but we know that the Apes here don’t bite. And friendly too!

Here’s to a grand time and kudos to the developer and people that built the magnificent Hollywood & Highland Center—I could spend a whole lot of time and money there, but just being able to enjoy its sights, sounds, and some get-a-way time–truly seemed like a great vacation day in the middle of the day and city.

But for some serious eating and shopping, it can’t be beat!

For a true LA insider’s look at the Hollywood Hills, try the Hollywood/Highland Travelin’ Local Walking Tour. It’s 3 miles of total LA uniqueness.

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4 Responses to “A Quick Tour of the Hollywood & Highland Center”

  1. David says:

    What a wonderful story and photographs as well. Although I’ve driven by this Mall for a couple of years, I didn’t know what it looked like from the inside. From the outside it’s very interesting as well.

    Well documented, funny as heck, and your photos are great.

    My list is growing so large in places that I have to go now in town, Lisa your making me seem like a non-California native!

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @David, Thanks, David. You should definitely see it in person. :)

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  2. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Oh Lisa! That place looks better than the Mall of America! Divine! Hope you found tons of goodies!!

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Stephen King House

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Lisa’s Chaos, The beauty of this mall is that it’s outside. You know, the weather here is great for outdoor activities, even shopping. And yes, I did pick up a few things. :)

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